Welcome to BorderTramp
This is your source for information on traveling in Central America and the Yucatan. We have traveled repeatedly throughout the region, and we took a lot of notes. So whether you are planning your first trip, or are a seasoned tramper, we have information that can help you along the way. Assuming you like the idea of spending $20 a day, that is. Luxury hotels and all-inclusive resorts won’t be found on this site. But what we do list are hostels with beds that average around $10 or less per night, street food and local eateries where you can fill up for less than the cost of a happy meal, and tips on navigating public transportation throughout the region.
So to get started, you can browse the countries listed on the left. Each city will have its own detailed write-up. You can also read more about us below, or in the “About” tab at the top. Or if you have questions, or comments, or think that you want to write for BorderTramp, use the form in the “Contact Us” tab, or send an email to email@example.com
Bor·der Tramp /ˈbôrdər tramp / noun
One who, above all else, values experiences over comforts when traveling. Known for tackling difficult situations while traveling in foreign places with ingenuity and creativity. Tendencies and typical practices include but are not limited to: hand-washing clothes in buckets, drinking 1.5L cer
vesas on park benches, bringing their own cervesa into restaurants, hanging with locals, cooking fresh-caught fish dinners, walking, hitch-hiking, riding chicken buses, bartering prices at markets/hostels/hotels. Also easily recognized as those who, despite any and all adversities or challenges met, still seem to be having more fun than anyone else around.
Are you a Border Tramp?
Our goal is to offer a comprehensive outline for traveling Central America on a budget. Our style certainly takes some initiative on your part — being able to negotiate rides or rates is sometimes part of the adventure. So is improvising. And being willing to change plans at the drop of a hat. But we feel that it’s worth the effort. Whether you are saving money to extend your travels, or to save up for expenses like scuba diving or studying Spanish, our goal is to make budget travel easier.
On this site you’ll find tips on finding the best village markets for food or textiles, how to buy and prepare a fresh-seafood dinner straight off the boats of the local fishermen, how to pick up a cheap cross-country ride where first or second class isn’t even an option. Because we know as well as you that tramp-traveling is not a vacation, it’s a lifestyle.